Interviews

The opportunities and challenges of autonomous trucks and the UK platoon trial

September 6, 2017 Chris Druce

With the news that the UK is to get its first platooning trial underway next year with DAF supplying the vehicles, MT took a closer looks at the feasibility study published alongside the funding announcement itself to understand how the technology might work. Produced via a partnership between the Transport Research Laboratory, Ricardo and Transport and Travel Research, the 100 page-plus document lays out the groundwork that will inform the £8.1m trial and lists some of the challenges ahead and […]

UK Police in London
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Road transport has vital role to play in fight against terrorism

August 24, 2017 Motor Transport

All of us can, and must, play a part in the 
fight against terrorism. Even before last year’s devastating attacks in Nice and Berlin, police had been working with the commercial vehicle sector to issue advice on how to reduce the risk of terrorists 
and organised crime gangs using vehicles as part of 
their attacks. Recent atrocities in Barcelona and before that London proved that this work is crucial and more difficult than ever, and the industry has a vested […]

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UK road transport industry in numbers

August 23, 2017 Chris Druce

In 2016 the UK road transport industry moved more freight by both weight and distance than it has ever done since modern records began According to newly published figures the UK road transport industry (excluding Northern Ireland) lifted freight amounting to 1.89 billion tonnes in 2016; a 15% increase year-on-year. This is the highest recorded collective weight since comparative records began in 1990.